Philippine, Brunei ties to reach great heights

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Philippines’ Ambassador to Brunei, Meynardo LB Montealegre, yesterday reaffirmed that his country’s continued cooperation with Brunei in various fields will reach to greater heights based on the strong relations that was established over 30 years ago.

“With a strong foundation of our bilateral ties since the formal establishment of our diplomatic relations in 1984, the Philippines and Brunei will reach greater heights in the areas of political cooperation, in increasing volume of trade and investment, in people-to-people exchanges, and other areas of mutual concern, both bilaterally and within the context of the ASEAN,” said Montealegre, in his opening remarks to mark the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.

He expressed Philippines’ appreciation to His Majesty, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Brunei’s government and its people for the hospitality accorded to the 23,000 strong Filipinos in Brunei, who have respectively contributed in the development and in sustaining the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries.

In acknowledging the close friendship with the Philippines government and people of Brunei, Montealegre also thanked Brunei for its strong support to the peace process in Mindanao and arranging the visit of Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene D Almendras last month. The ambassador also provided an insight into the ongoing developments in the Philippines in economic and foreign affairs.

“As President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte takes the reins of government on June 30, 2016, the nation is ever hopeful that the new administration will further improve the economy and the quality of life of every Filipino,” said the ambassador. He said that the Philippines will continue to work with its fellow ASEAN member countries and international community to uphold the rule of law in resolving tensions and conflicts, which pose risks to the peace and stability in the region and the world at large.

An evening reception was held alongside exhibits on Habi (weave): Glimpses of Philippine Woven Art and Heritage that featured the best of Philippine woven crafts at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

“The exhibition not only celebrates the Filipino creative spirit, it also illustrates the glimpses of the nation’s outlook, characterised by beauty, optimism and noble aspirations,” said Montealegre.

During the event yesterday, Brunei’s Energy and Industry Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar attended the event as the guest of honour and later shared the stage with Montealegre to cut a cake to commemorate the occasion.

The Brunei Times